Camera Zizanio

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To all Camera Zizanio’s friends

2020 (6)

Dear Camera Zizanio‘s friends,

We’re all going through a hard time.
Many of us had to postpone festivals and events, to cancel trips and meetings.
But we, the Camera Zizanio team, consider you all as members of our great international family.
We are worried about our friends from all over the world.
We want to invite you to contact us through social media.
Let’s find out if you’re ok.
Let us know of what is happening around you.
-To keep us updated for any activities you may initiate during this mandatory quarantine period.
-To share your experiences and thoughts.
– And you can also send us your photos or videos.
-To suggest useful and creatives ideas, on a daily basis until we meet again.
We believe that we can be optimistic about winning this battle.

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One-week filmmaking workshop in Sweden


The Greek delegation, consisted of  Dionysia Kopana (director),Thanasis Koutrafouris and Ilias Dimakopoulos (young filmmakers) returned from Sweden having gained a wealth of new knowledge and experience.

Τhey had the unique chance to participate to the International Film Workshop ” FILM DAYS AT VBU” that took place from February 17-22 in Ludvika. The workshop was organized by the Swedish Educational Centre VBU.

Within this week, 30 students from Sweden, Croatia, Germany, Ireland and Greece were divived into for groups and created 4 short films.

This educational trip was organized by Olympia International Film Festival and Camera Zizanio.


The two young filmmakers are sharing their  impressions:

  • First of all I would like to thank the ancient Olympia festival for giving me the opportunity to travel to Sweden and represent Greece. Within this week I worked with many people from different countries around the world with the common goal of making a film. Aside from the knowledge I received, I met many people with great ideas and made many new friends that changed the way I view cinema. From this trip I have only been left with positive impressions and received a lot of knowledge and experience. Finally, I would like to thank my retirees, Mrs Dionysia Kopana and Elias Dimakopoulos.

Thanasis Koutrafouris

  • It was a unique experience for me! I ‘d like to thank Olympia International Film Festival that chose me and gave me the opportunity to find myself in Ludvika, Sweden. We had an amazing time all together, we became friends and we did a great job. We shared beautiful moments which I believe none of us will ever forget. I made new friends from different countries and we promised to meet again in Greece. Swedes are very hospitable and they treated us very well. I ‘d also like to thank my travel mates Mrs Dionysia Kopana as well as my friend Thanasis Koutrafouris, who were always by my side.

Ilias Dimitrakopoulos



The long journey of films that were created by youngsters from Greece will start the following month.

We are pleased to inform you the first participation of the films abroad:

-The film “Mother of Memories” by the Evening High School of Mytilini will be screened atFirst Cut! Youth Film Festival in Cork, Ireland (March 11-14, 2020).

(festival’s page:

-The films “Mnemosyne” by the 2nd General Lyceum of Igoumenitsa, “Santa Ciao!” by the film workshop of 21st Olympia International Film Festival and “Beautifuls Days” by Klaudia Pashnjari will be screened at the VII International Youth Film Festival “Plasencia Encorto” in Plasencia, Spain (March 26-29, 2020).

(festival’s page:

We’d like to congratulate all young filmmakers!

And to the ones who will be able to represent their films to the festival’s abroad: to gain great experiences!


19th Camera Zizanio / Awards


Greek Section Awards

White smoke at last! The jury was faced with a difficult task, since most films were remarkable. Nevertheless, it was a unique experience and we had the time of our lives. We are confident in our choices and we present you our awards.

Category A – Films by children up to 12 years old

1st Award: The eternal book, 3o Primary School of Pyrgos

2nd award: The world of a book, llias Mathioudakis, Eleni Athanasa

3rd Award: Goodnight Grandfather, 4th Primary School of Xanthi

Category B – Films by children 13-16 years old

1st Award: The excursion, 1st Zografou High School – Theater association and photography club

2nd award: Believe, search, start…, 6th Zografou High School

3rd Award: Footballholics, High school of Tavros

Special mention

The noise of silence, 1st High School of Sitia, Crete

The Game, 2nd General High School of Mytilene

Category C – Films by youth 17-20 years old

1st Award: Group therapy, 7th General Lyceum of Nea Smirni

Akmi Education Group offers full scholarships to two of the crew members of the film which will win the 1st Prize in Category C (17-20 years old).

2nd award: Mother of memories, Evening high school of Mytilene

3rd Award: I need you, Lyceum of Kythira Cinema Club

Stavrakos Film School offers one scholarship.


Nikos Kavoukidis Award

The Art High School of Gerakas

MEDIA LITERACY AWARD (by the Educational Television – Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs)

History of Greek mural art II, 1st Primary school of Ilion


EFIVIOSI, 1st Gymnasium of Pyrgos

International Section Awards

This year, the International Section Jury was composed by university students. The films helped us viewers travel to different parts of the world and brought us in contact with various cultures and ways of thinking. These films made us think, cry, laugh, feel empathy or hatred, opened up our horizons and gave us an unforgettable experience. After a lot of thought and consideration, we decided to award the following films.

Category A up to 12 years old

Priorities, Bardic Studio, Australia

Category B 13-16 years old

Little swallow coming home, Studio Klasse, China

Category C 17-20 years old

Simpering, Murshidul Alam Bhuiyan, Bangladesh

European Section Awards

Our journey begun on Monday and continued through the week with 101 films from 31 countries. This opportunity for us and our peers to watch and evaluate the European Competition Section of the 19th Camera Zizanio was a unique experience for all.

Category A, up to 12 years old

1st Award: Fortissimo, Lilith Jorg, Germany

2nd Award: Signs, Tabby Myles (The Film Academy Edinburgh), Scotland

3rd Award: Walk beside me, Public school C.E.I.P Serreria, Spain

Category B, 13-16 years old

1st Award: Sorry, my bad, Class W – SLG, The Netherlands

2nd Award: Asperger, Ainslie Gilewski, The Netherlands

3rd Award: Xanny, Bij Ilse van der Kroft,  Miranda Kempenaar, The Netherlands

Category C, 17-20 years old

1st Award: Grounding, Οisin Reilly, Ireland

2nd Award: Escape, Station Next, Denmark

3rd Award: Have you seen Buster?, Emmanouel Li, UK